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07 January 2020

Pentagon chief denies U.S. is leaving Iraq

US Defence Secretary, Mark Esper has denied that US troops are pulling out of Iraq after a letter from a US general there suggested a withdrawal.

A letter from the US general had said that the US would be repositioning forces in the coming days and weeks after Iraqi Members pf Parliament had called for them to leave.

Esper said there had been no decision to leave.

The confusion came amid threats to American forces after the US killed top Iranian commander, Qasem Soleimani, which increased regional tensions, with Iran threatening severe revenge.

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